Background: The Marquis de Lafayette was a young French nobleman who volunteered his service and aide during the American Revolution. He met George Washington in the summer of 1777 and went with him to Valley Forge for the winter.
The two men remained close, almost having a father/son relationship, during Washington’s lifetime.
1. What type of primary sources are these documents? _______________________________________
2. Who wrote these documents? _________________________________________________________
3. On line 2, the statement, “Now, My dear General, that You are Going to Enjoy some Ease and Quiet” is
written. How does knowing the date on line 1 help you to understand what happened before this
letter was written? Why might the General “Enjoy some Ease and Quiet”? _____________________